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EOWYN24241's Photo EOWYN24241 Posts: 5,315
10/8/19 2:20 A

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Hi, Linda!

How is it going? How have you been doing?

Hugs.

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9/28/19 1:55 P

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Hi, everyone. My biggest job that gets me back heading in the right direction is tracking food. I recently had a 4000+ calorie day. That brought me out of lala land and back to tracking every day. I've started winnowing the calories down.

I know this, and keep falling off the wagon. But, I keep getting back on.

God, give me mental toughness at the point of attack.
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9/27/19 6:49 P

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Hi Linda

What helps me with portion control is segmented plates. There is a large segment which is what I use for veggies and 2 smaller ones - I use those for either more veggies and meat since the size of the segment is about a deck of cards. When I've been on good behavior for awhile I'm able to eyeball portions pretty reliably but on a bad day this saves me.

I have balance issues and find that the chair exercises on site are a lifesaver for me. I'm also another fan of Leslie Sansone's walking tapes - she is so encouraging and positive - and reminds you (me) constantly that I do not have to keep up - just keep moving.

Water is great - there are also several things you can flavor water with - fresh citrus, strawberries, lime - even mango so it doesn't have to be boring.

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9/26/19 11:11 P

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Hi Linda

Its great to hear of your changes.

Remember small changes add up.

Keep it up, you can do it.





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9/26/19 10:54 P

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Hi Linda,
I’ve been keeping up with this thread. I want to tell you I think you’re doing fabulous! Only one pop and no iced tea and drinking lots more water is major! Way to go! In time you will see a difference, just by that alone. Your plan to increase veggies and decrease carbs is excellent! Take it slow. I suggest measuring your carbs and veggies on a kitchen scale Or going to the National Institute of Health dot gov site and looking up “my plate”. I happen to use my plate. Basically, the way it works is by taking a 10 inch plate or even better, an 8 inch plate (tricks the mind into thinking there’s more food on your plate) and dividing into sections. One half of your plate is for vegetables and less fruit, 1/4 is for carbs and the last section, 1/4 is for 4 oz protein (3 oz is preferred)Outside of the plate is low fat or skim milk or low fat cheese. You can try each method and see which one you prefer. I actually use both.

In the beginning getting accustomed to portioning or measuring, tracking is hard. For me, it felt like a lot of work. I stopped doing it and found myself clueless whether my food intake was too high or too low.

You may think about and read the topic in SparkPeople's articles on prepping homemade food instead of pre-packaged and processed food. You will learn how processed food messes with your weight loss even though it’s really convenient. Pre-planning is the key.

All in all, there’s a bunch to learn and you cannot expect to learn it and get used to it all in even one month. For me it took a very long time. Everyone is different and figures out what their individual needs and preferences in their own time, so don’t fret. Take it easy and take it slow. I found the slower my pace was the more comfortable and skilled I became. That was me.

Again, GREAT JOB! Be proud of yourself! Reward yourself! ( not with food. Lol.).



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EOWYN24241's Photo EOWYN24241 Posts: 5,315
9/26/19 8:10 P

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Also, watch your portion sizes of your meals. Gradually cut down till you are eating just enough. Explore the article on this site. There are lots of helpful articles!

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8/11/19 8:23 A

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Do you have access to a swimming pool? I hate exercise, but I do walk and swim. Those two are not like exercise to me; they are fun.
If you can try to cut whatever you are currently eating by 1/2, then slowly eliminate the bad stuff you eat, I think you will see a difference.
Hang in there, you can do this!

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8/10/19 3:42 P



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Linda,

I'm glad that you've come back to post.

Having a sedentary job is tough on a person's joints regardless of their size. What will help is to get up and move around for 5-10 minutes every hour or so. go to the bathroom. if you don't need to go. wash your hands. take a walk around the office.

There are also Spark articles for seated stretches in an office. Do a couple of quick stretches, that helps too.

I know you're trying hard to stay away from pop and soda. Here's something I like to do. I like adding a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice to my water. What's also tasty is to get a big container. To the water, you add slices of cucumber and blueberries. Let that sit overnight. it makes a delicious flavored water. very refreshing on a hot day.

Do you think that's something you might enjoy instead of pop ?



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8/10/19 11:59 A

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Hi Linda!

Thanks for checking in with us. It is really good to hear that you have started making some great choices and steps towards a healthier you! And I like that you have a plan for next week also.

Good luck with the chair hunt. That really can make a difference when you have a job sitting a lot. I used to set a timer so I would remember to get up and stand and walk a bit just a few minutes every hour and that really did seem to help my back.

Keep up the great work!

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8/10/19 10:48 A

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I am doing a bit better this week. My new scale came in, weighed myself... not good. Weigh more than I thought I did. Anyway, I have been drinking a lot more water this week, a lot less pop and iced tea ( only one can of pop this week) and no iced tea. It’s astart. Also healthier snacks. Fruit/berries instead of cookies and sweets. It is small steps that will hopefully help.
My back and knees are really bothering me this week, I think part of the problem is my chair at work. Very uncomfortable, need a new one. Difficult to find one at a decent price that accomadates larger folks. The chair I am using is a hand me down which has seen its better day.
This weeks plan is to increase veggie intake, decrease carb intake. That is going to be difficult, I am a serious carboholic !!!



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8/5/19 2:38 P



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Hi, Linda !

There is one simple thing you can do that will help you get back on track.

Will you come back tomorrow ? The Spark Community can be your support
system. I'll be here. I'll reply to your posts in the morning. There are other
members who will reply during the day or the evening.

In order to be able for anyone to lose a substantial amount of weight, they need a support system. They need people who will encourage them to do the right thing.

I've always tried to encourage you whenever you've left a post. BUT... you keep running away. If you are ready to make a change, then come back tomorrow.

Tell us, what did you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner ? snacks too. We wont criticize. If you can describe what you've been eating, the Spark Community can make suggestions for healthy changes.

Are you willing to do that ?


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8/5/19 1:02 P

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emoticon Linda!

It does sound like you know what needs to be done, and you are completely right when you say it takes baby steps. I found that tracking is essential as you get going so that you hold yourself accountable for what you eat and for your amount of fitness. Even on days when you do not eat or move like you planned, it is good to honestly track it all.

Start with setting some mini and easily attainable goals to ease you into a new fit lifestyle. Maybe that is doing some type of fitness for just 10 minutes 3 days a week, or maybe it is eating at least one fruit or veggie with every meal. Pick goals that are meaningful to you and help you as you progress.

Wishing you all the best! Please check in and let us know how you are doing along the way and if we can help.

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8/5/19 12:49 P

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Hi Linda!

My heaviest weight was 319lbs, and at 5'3" it was becoming unbearable. I could barely get off the floor when trying to play with my niece and I was getting stress fractures in my feet. What I did was exactly what you mentioned - baby steps. My baby steps began by simply making things inconvenient for myself. I took the stairs instead of the elevator, walked to the back entrance of my office instead of taking the front entrance, walked to my coworkers instead of emailing, etc. All those little things began to add up and the weight started coming off. Soon I was able to join a coworker in walking around the building at lunch! It was exciting for me, even if she had to slow down for me, because I could actually make it ALL THE WAY around the building! Walking and slow jogging is all I did for a long time - I bought a WiiU and did the jogging game on there until I broke my Wii board. Then I discovered Leslie Sansone. She's a walking instructor, but intersperses light cardio with her walking to really boost the weight loss.

I get what you mean about seeing yourself in My 600lb Life. I too see myself in that show, and it horrifies me that I was on that path. However, in the first year I lost 121lbs. My first year was all about baby steps. Every time I mastered one little step I added another, and together they began to form a new lifestyle.

You CAN do this. It doesn't have to be fast, and it won't be easy, but you can do it.

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8/5/19 9:59 A

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Well here I am again, it has been almost a year since I have posted. I am not sure why I don’t use this site more often. I am sure if I did it would help.
I keep letting my love for food ( addiction) win out over doing things to make myself healthier, happier and to feel better.
Here is an update on what has been going on since I last posted probably 10 months or so ago. I at that time weighed around 380 lbs. I am now somewhere over the 400 lb mark as my scale only weighs to 400 lbs and will no longer weigh me.
I just ordered a new scale that weighs to 440 lbs. hoping that this one will weigh me soi can see where I am at. If I am going to try to this again, I need to be able to track my progress. I have made and continue to make so many excuses for my lack of weight loss and lack of activity and I am so disgusted with myself. I know what I need to do, I just have to do it. The simplest things like going for a walk, even a short one, getting into my husbands truck, climbing steps( without a rail to hang onto) are becoming very difficult. Every day that I continue this lifestyle is making it so much more difficult to live a normal life. I have been watching My 600 lb Life and I realize I see myself in so many of those people... I don’t want to be those people. I am overwhelmed, my “ all or nothing mentality” keeps sneaking into my brain no matter how much I try not to let it. Everything hurts so bad all the time, as soon as my feet hit the floor everything starts hurting.
Besides being more active on this site, Anyone have any ideas on how to start again? I am so overwhelmed, I am at my heaviest weight ever and in the worst shape I have ever been in. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. I know baby steps is a good start, I just feel I need a boost to get going, with so much weight to lose, it is just so overwhelming ...



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